5 Oct 2018

Tony Cragg - leading sculptor of the modern world

From Nine To Noon, 10:07 am on 5 October 2018

One of the world's foremost sculptor's creations is standing tall in Christchurch this summer.

  Turner Prize winner Tony Cragg's solid bronze structure "Mixed Feelings" stands 5.5m tall, weighing four tonnes.  Craned in on Monday, it's sitting proudly in the middle of Christ's College Quadrangle in the CBD until January, as part of the Scape Public Art festival.  

The British sculptor, who lives in Germany has exhibited far and wide including The Louvre and The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg.  

Tony Cragg represented the UK at the Venice Biennale in 1988, the same year he won the Turner Prize.  He won the Japanese Emperor's Art Prize in 2007, is the principal of the Düsseldorf Art Academy, and was knighted in 2016.  "Dynamics" and "Energy" describe virtually all of his sculptures. 

He tells Kathryn Ryan how besides bronze he works with steel, aluminum, wood, plastic, glass, stone and wax.